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ESXi: vmware datarecovery logon (vcenter) logs on with ad user

Hi,

I installed datarecovery ovf in my esxi vcenter 5.1.
When I install the plugin and then connect in vcenter, vcenter pops up a login (mydomain\acccount). Of course this datarecovery appliance has no notice of this domain account, I should/want to connect with the root user but it does not allow me.

Please advise.
Note: what't the latest backup of vmware appliance (saw appliances downloadable with 0,5, 1 or 1,5 TB storage but I want to keep the vm's on a CIFS-share!), what are (dis)advantages & how easy/difficult it is to implement?

Please advise.
J.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You access VMware Data Protection from the vSphere Web Client.

You select the Appliance size you need, the backups are stored/contained in the VMDK on a VMFS datastore. Just like any other virtual disk on your datastore. If you had a selection of VDP OVFs (0.5, 1.0, 2.0, this is VDP)

VDP does not support CIFs, the older VDR supported CIFs.

Are you using VMware Data Recovery or VMware Data Protection?

VMware KB: vSphere Data Protection (VDP) FAQ
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2016565
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
I m using vmware datarecovery right now, but cannot logon, please see above why. Therefore my question.
Since I want to backup to cifs share (if my nexenta zfs crashes, I have no backups).
Was curious about data protection and advant., but since no cifs I ll have to stick to data recovery.
Please advise on data recover issue then please.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so you are currently using VDR? not VDP?

You cannot login as root, VDR is controlled by vCenter Account Credentials, e.g. Local Accounts or Active Directory accounts.

When you first configure, VDR through the setup, you usually use an AD Account to connect to Appliance.

the root account is only used to login to the appliance console for diagnostics and log collection, or re-indexing the database.

(CIFS shares are not recommended, they corrupt easily, and all your restores are lost!).

Personally, there are better Backup Products.

Also note, that VDR is an unsupported configuration on VMware vSphere 5.1, and may or may not work as advertised. You should upgrade to VDP, which is supported.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok, I ll go for the vdp solution then. Is there a quickstart-guide and howto store backups NOT on nas itself but on remote nfs/lun/storage?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you just make sure the VDP Appliance is stored on that remote nfs/lun/storage.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
... but vm itself should be on zfs/nexenta.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and the backups are stored inside the VM
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Can t I artach the backup disk on another (remote) lun?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Move the appliance to the remote LUN
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Installation was succesfull but when configuring it tells me my credentials or network settings are not ok but they absolutely are. Note: I configure via firefox (but that could not be issue, right?)
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Note: in VDR I can connect when I'm using the VCenter VDR plugin, directly connected to a ESXi-host! ... but not when in VCenter.
Not supported ok, but should it work?
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Same issue with Veeam, it doesn't want to login remotely for configuring. Has to be something on my Vcenter.
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